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August Vineyard Update


August 7th 2019

The summer heat becomes visible in the grapes during the month of August. We call this veraison, or the change of color of the grape berries to indicate the beginning of ripening. The warm weather and sunlight that our grapes have been enjoying allow for sugars to develop and the acids within the grape to lessen. The on-set of veraison is happening now and by mid-month most of the red grape clusters will be fully purple. As you can imagine, it is a little more difficult to visually tell if veraison is happening to the white grape varieties since they do not change color as drastically as the reds. One way to tell is through touch. Prior to ripening, grape berries are very hard (think of how you can tell if a peach is ripe). Grapes going through veraison will have an elasticity to them.
Another change in the vineyard that occurs this month is bird netting. Our vineyard team covers both sides of each row with netting to protect the ripening grape berries from birds and other animals that are in search of a tasty snack. We us roughly 250,000 feet of netting!
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